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    This was a new venue for me, a large open area parkland close to the Peak District, the deer were rather skittish hence the need for the 600mm equivalent lens. It was a dull day and it had been raining previously, image capture midday. I was there for a few hours and was unable to get a single image that I was pleased with from a compositional point of view. The trip was really a reconnaissance in preparation for the rut. The stag on the right has bits of grass in his antlers, his velvet has completely disappeared so this just may be a very early sign of rising testerone levels!

    Olympus E-M1X
    Focal Length : 300.0mm
    Focal length in 35 mm film : 601.0mm
    Exposure mode : Manual exposure
    ISO Sensitivity : 200
    Exposure compensation : +0.7 EV
    Shutter : 1/250 sec
    Aperture : F5.6
    Flash : OFF

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    Shooting up does add to a different perspective here, but the comp isn't grabbing me Jon. There are some 'cosmetic' adjustments you could do which takes it up a notch, but you I think you just like to post these days.

    Hopefully more to come in the coming months.

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    Composition as I mentioned isn't grabbing me either. Your assumption over posting is incorrect, I am always open to suggestions.

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    Hi Jon ... i do not the shooting angle .
    I think the image should go cooler , wider in comp and it would have been better when the left subject was more in focus , rather than the right stag .
    Just my take .

    TFS Andreas

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andreas Liedmann View Post
    Hi Jon ... i do not the shooting angle .
    I think the image should go cooler , wider in comp and it would have been better when the left subject was more in focus , rather than the right stag .
    Just my take .

    TFS Andreas
    Thanks Andreas, I wasn't entirely happy I will try cooler, I think I did take images with either stag in focus I will check.

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    I like it. The shooting angle is fine with me. Yes, to wider for some balance. A nice high key image. Hope you get some good frames during the rut.

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    Hello Jon,

    Thank you so much for sharing this image, the composition is indeed a bit problematic but I do like the point of view here.

    Also, I wish for a better head angle from the subjects, since one is looking towards the camera and the other looking away - I think direction is important because it helps a viewer interpret the scene.

    Colours look good as well as tonality. The Deer on the RHS of the image appears sharper than the one on the LHS.

    Stunning specimens in great condition, I hope you get more opportunities with them and they cooperate next time

    Wishing you a wonderful rest of the week,

    Warmest regards,
    Gabriela Plesea

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